June 9, 2021 – As a horse racing fan, it can be difficult to keep up with all the major stories and excitement from around the world – that’s why we’ve gone the distance and done the leg work for you, curating the top news and notes from the horse racing industry to keep you in the know.
NYRA Launches Elizabeth Bracken Memorial Scholarship
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the formation of the Elizabeth Bracken Memorial Scholarship to support and encourage students enrolled in the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) to secure careers in the Thoroughbred industry. (PaulickReport.com)
Trevor Denman Returning to the Announcer’s Booth At Del Mar
Trevor Denman, the iconic racing commentator who called every race at the seaside oval between 1984 and 2019, will return to the Del Mar roof for the 2021 season after sheltering in place throughout 2020 at his rural Minnesota farm as he and his wife Robin rode out the COVID-19 pandemic. (PaulickReport.com)
Incredibly happy that Trevor Denman will be able to return this summer.
"There's the roar from the Del Mar crowd…"
How lucky has @DelMarRacing been to have him all these years, and for @larrycollmus to have stepped in so admirably last year?
— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) June 3, 2021
Married NY Jockeys on Way to Mutuel Uncoupling
Two months after costing New York an estimated $4.2 million in lost handle revenue during the first quarter of 2021, a bill to eliminate an antiquated state requirement that same-race mounts of married jockeys be coupled in pari-mutuel wagering has passed both the Assembly and Senate. (ThoroughbredDailyNews.com)
TDN Rising Stars
A signature TDN product, TDN Rising Stars allow readers to identify a race winner in the first few starts of his or her career who will, in our estimation, go on to be a Graded Stakes winner. (ThoroughbredDailyNews.com)
Retired Racehorse Project to Host the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program Barrel Racing Championships
The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) and The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) jointly announced today that the inaugural T.I.P. Barrel Racing Championships will be hosted at the RRP’s flagship event, the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, this October at the Kentucky Horse Park. (PaulickReport.com)
Big news! We're hosting @jockeyclub T.I.P. Barrel Racing Championships this fall at the #TBMakeover! @OTTBwestern will sponsor. Learn more about the entry process, prizes and more: https://t.co/f55m7ve43q pic.twitter.com/vSOIclMhXZ
— Retired Racehorse Project (@RRP_TBMakeover) June 4, 2021
Meadowlands “Inside the Driver’s Mind” Series
The Meadowlands has produced a series of short videos titled “Inside the Driver’s Mind”, featuring six drivers who race regularly in the sport’s top races individually addressing various aspects of racing. (HarnessLink.com)
Timely Boost for Brosnan Family
Well-known harness racing father and son training team Richard and Emmett Brosnan had a welcome change of fortunes at TABcorp Park Melton this week. The combination landed a training double, encompassing one winner apiece in the sulky. (HarnessLink.com)
Will Dave Palone’s Dash Record Ever be Broken?
On the day after driver Aaron Merriman recorded his 13,000th career win, the author ponders whether Merriman – or anyone – will ever surpass all-time wins leader Dave Palone, who is closing in on 20,000 career wins. (HarnessRacingUpdate.com)
The day after driver Aaron Merriman recorded his 13,000th career win, Jay Wolf ponders whether Merriman – or anyone else – will ever surpass @DavePalone, who is approaching 20,000 wins.https://t.co/OtGTq8w3bU
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— Harness Racing Update (@HarnessUpdate) June 3, 2021
Harness: Profile of Trainer Amanda Fine
After a short stint in the U.S., Amanda Fine is back home in Canada waiting for racing to resume. (drf.com)
This week's On The Backstretch profile takes a look at trainer Amanda Fine. Find out more about the Canadian who recently won her first race @TheMeadowlands https://t.co/3FEWn7IdWP@ThePHHA @WoodbineSB
— DRF Harness (@DRFHarness) June 3, 2021
USA 2YO Superstar to Empire Stallions
Sensational USA two-year-old Pacer of the Year and World Champion Huntsville (p,2,1:49; 3,1:47.4 ($1,704,242)) has been issued an international passport and is headed to Empire Stallions in Victoria to stand the upcoming 2018-19 breeding season. (HarnessLink.com)